Bush Continues to Respond to Early Rains

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You may all remember our post earlier this month where we discussed the early rains which we received in the Timbavati. We have received more early rains and the surrounding bushveld is lapping it up. The rains have given the plants, trees and other vegetation a real ‘spring in their step’ and the transformation which we see each year is extraordinarily quick.

The bush has changed from the soft ‘browns and greys’ of winter, to a bright green landscape dotted with wonderfully coloured trees in blossom. A few trees really stand out at the moment, the one being the Long Tailed Cassia with its wonderful yellow flowers. Browsers such as kudu are feeding on this extensively at the moment. Another tree which strikes a lovely figure is the Tree Wisteria, which has a fantastic violet coloured flower which the baboon troops have taken to with relish.

The elephants are thoroughly enjoying the new growth, starting with the new fresh grasses. They are also digging for tastier roots and tubers which are now much easier to find due to the softer wet soil. The new foliage and wet condition is also an advantage to the predators, who are now able to stalk in close to their prey. In and around camp our large resident nyala herd has taken a break from feeding on our gardens, and started grazing on the sweet fresh grass shoots.

We have had some wonderful leopard sightings of late, and the hyaena den to the south of us has delivered some incredible sightings. They have been very vocal in and around camp during the evenings and provide wonderful late evening entertainment for our guests as they drop off to sleep.

We look forward to the return of some of our migratory birds with the early rains and  I am sure they will be making their appearances soon!

We have shared some recent pictures below.

Until next time,

Dale Jackson